Binnaz Toprak

“Hopefully, one day, we will have a gay prime minister”

Source: Aydil Durgun, “Umarım bir gün eşcinsel bir başbakanımız olacak,” (“Hopefully, one day, we will have a gay prime minister,”) Milliyet, 20 October 2013,

Asya Özgür from the newly founded LGBT Political Representation and Participation Platform (LGBT Siyasi Temsil ve Katılım Platformu): “We want to see an LGBT who is out in the parliament. Hopefully, one day, we will have a gay prime minister.”

As the local elections approach, mayoral and council candidates are finalizing their preparations and of course Istanbul is in the news. Several LGBT organizations and associations in Istanbul explained, “We decided that this can not happen without us!” and founded the LGBT Political Representation and Participation Platform. We heard the details about the platform from its members Sezen Yalçın, Boysan Yakar, Asya Özgür and Deniz Şapka.

How did this platform emerge?

Sezen Yalçın: Right after Gezi, we came together and talked about what we wanted to do; it emerged from that. The LGBT movement has always been involved in the political sphere. There was a great deal of interest in our first meeting. This excited all of us and we kept organizing the meetings. We thought about what we could do to make it possible for one of us to run as a candidate and what we would demand from the locals. After we saw the local reaction at Gezi, we thought we can make our voices heard.


CHP Toprak’s Motion to Investigate LGBT Problems

Source: “İstanbul Milletvekili Toprak, LGBT bireylerin sorunlarının araştırılmasını istedi,” (“Istanbul Parliamentarian Binnaz Toprak Requests an Investigation into the Problems of LGBT Individuals,”) Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi, 15 February 2013,

Note: Motion was rejected after parliamentary vote on 29 May 2013.

Istanbul MP Binnaz Toprak requested a Parliamentary Research to determine the problems of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people, their reasons and solution offers. Here is the motion of Istanbul MP Binnaz Toprak for a study on the problems of LGBT individuals.


Individuals regarded as the “other” by the state and society, are discriminated against not only on the grounds of their race, religion, language, gender, sect, ethnic origin, and political views but also because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. In this sense, the policy of denial, violence, and discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) citizens remains unchanged. LGBT individuals are oppressed by the majority’s pressure politically, economically, socially and psychologically.